Structured Fortran - was Re: Self modifying code, lambda calculus

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Sep 22 21:25:58 CDT 2015

On 09/22/2015 07:11 PM, Jay Jaeger wrote:

> There is a big difference between "can run" and "does run".  I'd
> wager that C *can* run on anything one could use for any reasonably
> useful FORTRAN (thus excluding things like the IBM 1410 card oriented
> FORTRAN compiler, though I am aware of an effort to develop a small C
> subset compiler for the 1401).
> The assertion that C was "nothing more than a bare step up from
> assembly" is just that.  An assertion.  One with which I disagree
> pretty firmly.

We've been here before and I don't care to chew already masticated cud. 
  Suffice it to say, that I've never seen a C for a non-binary, 
variable-word-length machine using 6-bit characters.  I've seen plenty 
of FORTRANs for such an architecture, however.


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